Devin McCourty | New England Patriots | DB
2012 Experience: 3rd Season
IDP Fantasy Football Outlook: The Patriots moved Devin McCourty to safety as the season moved along and he figures to play both safety and corner this year. McCourty is a reasonable CB1 if he can play well enough to earn regular playing time, and that should happen. We will have to keep an eye on his situation through training camp, and into the season.
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Summer of 2011: Fantasy Projections
There is a reason I looked to talented starting rookie defensive backs as great value pick for IDP leagues, and that is because opposing quarterbacks will test them. Despite playing through the final month of the season with a fractured rib, Devin McCourty was able to start all sixteen games in his rookie year and had a top ten performance for IDP corners.
Not only did McCourty have seven interceptions, a sack, two forced fumbles and 17 pass deflections, but he posted 82 tackles on the season and that clearly made him a starter at his position throughout the year. I wouldn’t be surprised if McCourty is given more opportunities to make plays as he is in a friendly 3-4 scheme, but McCourty’s rookie season could be the best year he has for IDP in his career.
With a new found respect around the league, opposing quarterbacks aren’t likely to test McCourty the same way they did a year ago, and it’s worth IDP fantasy owners to expect a down trend in his production. Usually only average corners with Pro Bowl caliber corners on the opposite side of the field, tend to repeat the kind of tackle numbers MCourty had, and even the best corners in football can’t reach seven interceptions on a yearly basis. If you look to MCourty as a No.2 corner for your squad that would be a good value, for his second year, in tackle heavy leagues. For big play leagues, he’s probably worth having as a top fifteen corner because he’s likely to make some plays.
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